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WICA Conservatory

Year-round Education for
All Ages

*Register for classes by calling WICA Administration at 360.221.8262




ALL AGES | JUNE 26-30, M-F | 10AM-2PM

Instructor: Tyler Raymond, WICA Technical Director

WICA’s strong technical theatre department will introduce students to all aspects of stagecraft: set design, construction and painting; costuming and make-up; lighting and sound; and props. Students will gain hands-on experience in hanging lights, running spotlights, controlling light and sound boards, in addition to learning about gels, gobos and all kinds of theatrical special effects including fog and stage blood! They will be introduced to building and constructing varied pieces of scenery; pulling and constructing costumes; creating the perfect prop; setting up wireless body microphones; balancing audio levels; and creating sound effects.

Please download the registration form and return to WICA or call 360.221.8262


Fast and Furious Filmmaking
AGES 15+ | All levels | JUNE 29-July 1 // July 6-15  
TH,F 6-9PM | SAT 9AM-3PM

Instructor: Aaron Simpson

If you’ve ever wanted to make a film, this class is for you! You’ll write, shoot, and edit a film in 12 hours using state of the art equipment and hands on side by side experience with local film/media producer, director and editor Aaron Simpson.

Aaron Simpson brings a vibrant youth component to the Board of Directors. At WICA. Raised on Whidbey, Aaron returned to the Island after completing his Bachelor’s degree and began to make a difference in the community. He is currently the chair of the Island County Democratic party; treasurer of the Langley Chamber of Commerce; board member of Langley Main Street Association and the Langley Planning Advisory Commission; and chair of WICA’s audience development committee. In his free time, Aaron flies planes. 

Please download the registration form and return to WICA or call 360.221.8262

A young actor during a 2015 summer camp performance.

A young actor during a 2015 summer camp performance.

Introduction to Theatre
Ages 3-4 (M,W,F), 5-12 (M-F) | July 3 - 28 

Instructor: Elizabeth Herbert

·  Troupers   ages 3-4 = $50 per week
·  Players     ages 5-7 = $125 per week
·  Performers     ages 8-12 = $125 per week 

These classes are designed to nurture and expand the natural creativity of children.  Through theatre games, children learn the skills necessary for the beginning actor. Some of these skills include observation, memory, concentration, listening, imagination, communication, and cooperation. Each session (one week) will conclude with a short class theatre presentation.


July 3-7:
M,W.F / 9-9:45am               Troupers
M-F / 10-12                           Players
M-F / 1-3                                Performers

July 10-14:
M,W.F / 9-9:45am               Troupers
M-F / 10-12                           Players
M-F / 1-3                                Performers

July 17-21:
M,W.F / 9-9:45am               Troupers
M-F / 10-12                           Players
M-F / 1-3                                Performers

July 24-28:
M,W.F / 9-9:45am               Troupers
M-F / 10-12                           Players
M-F / 1-3                                Performers

Please download the registration form and return to WICA or call 360.221.8262


Ages 7+ & ALL LEVELS | July 5-7 | W-F | 11am-1pm

Instructor: Maureen Girard
with special guest teachers

The Elements of Music are specific terms and concepts that help students better understand any kind or style of music - from Classical to Rock.  This camp will be “hands-on,” using “mini-marimbas,” percussion instruments and the piano to create music learning about the basic elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, style and form. Students can bring their own instruments or use the ones that will be provided to participate in playing tunes and having fun while learning to play with a group. Students will be given parts that are tailored to their levels. They will also learn the basics of  “solfeggio”  which are literally the “do-re-mi’s” of music. Students  have the opportunity to be challenged to explore their creativity. The workshop is  geared for beginners to experienced musicians, or anyone who just wants a better understanding of how to create music in their lives and experience the joy of playing music!

Please download the registration form and return to WICA or call 360.221.8262


Young actors during the 2017 production of Macbeth. 

Young actors during the 2017 production of Macbeth. 

Theatre Production Conservatory
Age 12+ | July 10-28 | M-F | 10:30AM-2PM


Instructor: Deana Duncan and guest teachers

Theatre Production Conservatory returns this summer as we explore scenes from critically acclaimed classics including plays by Ibsen, Shaw, Williams, and Shakespeare.  We’ll work on characters and scenes fromDoll’s House, Pygmalion, Glass Menagerie, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Each student will build a character and scene as well as have an opportunity to learn directing and producing as they delve into the themes of these great plays and playwrights.

WICA is known for offering a professional level full theatre/stagecraft experience introducing our students not only to performance, but all technical aspects as well. With our state of the art theatre we can offer not only a solid foundation in acting technique we will have professional level workshops in set design, painting, costume design, and lighting design as well as opportunities to learn stage management and backstage crew positions. The class performance is on July 28th and 29th.

Please download the registration form and return to WICA or call 360.221.8262


Waste Wise - Green Art Camp
Ages 5-18 | July 24-28 | M-F | 9am-3pm | $225 per student

Lead teachers: Sara Bergquist of the Waste Wise Program at WSU Island County Extension
and Joan Green of Green Arts Labs in San Diego

Possible Field Trips:
Recycle Center
Beach Clean Up

Express your creativity, learn about our natural resources and how to live more sustainable, and have fun experimenting with Green Art Labs and WSU Waste Wise. This free-form creative camp brings out the unique expression in each child. We'll use re-purposed materials - clean and safe treasures saved from the land fill, turned into one-of-a-kind creations by you - inventor, scientist, engineer, artist, and environmentalist. 

Campers will use their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) skills daily through earth-centered learning and art making. We will showcase our creations in our gallery for the camp community to see. Each day we'll learn about ways to help the earth in this time of climate change. These concepts will emerge through our art. 

Planned Possibilities

9:00-10:00 Arrival, creative activity, connection time
10:00-12:00Waste Wise learning
12:00-1:00Lunch and free play
1:00-2:30 Creating with Green Art Labs- freely create with reusable materials
2:30-3:00 Set up gallery and display art pieces

* Breaks and snacks as needed. Children ages 13+ can attend as apprentice helpers. 

Please download the registration form and return to WICA or call 360.221.8262

Joan Green is an environmental artist and art teacher who connects people to the earth and their creativity, through reusable materials. She is passionate about the plastic ocean pollution problem and uses art to bring awareness to this problem - and empower people to create change. She is influenced by Expressive Arts, Eco-Psychology and the Reggio Emilia approach to being with children. She is an artist in residence with The Climate Science Alliance - Climate Kids program, which educates children about climate change. In 2016 she was an artist in resident at Cabrillo National Monument, where she made art from debris that washed up on the shores of San Diego. Joan has more than 10 years of experience creating with children and the community. She is passionate about giving people the time and space to connect with nature as they freely create

poetry workshop with matt gano
**POSTPONED until further notice
Adults $30 | Youth $15

"Use Your Allusion: Dream Language & Expanding Metaphors"

Often the job of a poem is to convey a feeling or a "universal truth," that is difficult to pin down. This workshop will look into the idea that poetry doesn’t always require logical connections in order to “make sense.” We are able to activate imagination by grounding the abstract in the physical world. As follows, new and surprising connections can be found when we focus on accessing the magic of allusion and exploring the possibilities of dream language. We will aim for ways of deepening imagery with connotative ideas while building tools for strengthening metaphor through unexpected comparisons. 

This workshop is designed for all skill levels and all are welcome!